BOSS Mark Sampson today named five former Sunderland players in his England Women’s squad for the World Cup.
Skipper Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Jordan Nobbs, Lucy Bronze and Carly Telford are all in the 23-strong squad for the competition in Canada next month.
But there was no place for South Shields girl Demi Stokes.
England open their campaign against France on June 9, three days after the tournament starts, before finishing their group with matches against which also faces group games against Mexico and Colombia.
Houghton, Scott, Nobbs and Bronze all began their careers with Sunderland before finding fame and England glory elsewhere.
Man City defender Houghton, from South Hetton, has won 53 caps and will lead the side.
Her City team-mate Scott, who has worn the Three Lions 90 times, has been selected despite missing the Sky Blues last three games after being suspended for headbutting an opponent.
However, it would have been a shock had the vastly-experienced 28-year-old, from Sunderland, been left out.
Bronze is another of Man City’s former Lady Black Cat players.
The 23-year-old defender, from Northumberland, has earned 16 caps to date.
Nobbs is one of England’s brightest talents. Capped 21 times, the 22-year-old Arsenal midfielder has recovered from back trouble which interrupted her 2014 campaign.
Telford is named as one of three keepers by Sampson, alongside Siobhan Chamberlain and Karen Bardsley.
The 27-year-old recently played against Sunderland for Notts County Ladies, making a wonder save from a Saraha McFadden header.
Unfortunately, Stokes missed the final cut, with the 23-year-old full-back seemingly losing out to Chelsea’s Claire Rafferty.
England World Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Carly Telford (Notts County)
Defenders: Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Laura Bassett (Notts County), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Fara Williams (Liverpool), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Jade Moore (Birmingham), Karen Carney (Birmingham), Jo Potter (Birmingham), Katie Chapman (Chelsea)
Forwards: Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Eni Aluko (Chelsea), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns), Fran Kirby (Reading), Ellen White (Notts County)